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Nusa Penida Travel Guide: Everything You Need To Know

Nusa Penida island, a small paradise off the East Coast of Bali. Although it doesn’t have fancy beach clubs, trendy restaurants or organic cafes like in Bali, Nusa Penida has incredible white sand beaches and houses some of beautiful and photogenic sights!

Nusa Penida Travel Guide

Nusa Penida is just 30 minutes from Bali by boat and the island can be fully explored in just 3 days! Do you want to know what the island has to offer? And what’s the best way to go and explore Nusa Penida? We made you a travel guide with everything you should know before traveling to the island.

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Kelingking Beach

How many days should you spend in Nusa Penida?

If you want to see the entire island and don’t want to rush your stay, you should spend 2 or 3 days on the island. However, it is doable in a day! When you’re in Bali, you can get the speedboat from Sanur to Nusa Penida in the morning and go back to Bali in the afternoon.

Do you only have one day to go to Nusa Penida and do you want to make sure you’ll see the best spots of the island? Book a tour with us!

How to get to Nusa Penida?

The speedboat is the easiest way to go to Nusa Penida.

If you’re looking for a cheaper way, you can also take the public ferry from Padang Bai. It’s more than an hour drive from Denpasar, but the advantage is that you can bring your own scooter to Nusa Penida. But we only recommend this option if you have the time. Because the Ferry does not have a set schedule and leaves daily between 11 am – 1 pm. 

How to get around on the island?

By motorbike

Driving around on a motorbike the island is very nice, you get to see the beautiful senary around you and most of the roads are good. But there are some very bumpy and bad roads, for example the one to Broken beach and Angel’s Billabong are broken and hard to drive on. So only drive in Nusa Penida when you’re an experienced and confident motorbike driver! 

By Private car 

If you don’t want to drive around the island on a motorbike yourself, there’s also an option to rent a private car who will drive you around the island. A car fits up to 5 people. The roads can be very bumpy sometimes, but at least you have an air-conditioning! If you want to see the best of island by car you can also book a tour with us!

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What to do in Nusa Penida?

Kelingking Beach 

Kelingking Beach is the most famous place in Nusa Penida! And for good reasons, from the viewpoint you can see the beautiful T-Rex shaped rock. There’s a beach at the bottom you can decline by going down the path. But be warned! As you get lower, the steps are getting steeper and more broken, which can be very dangerous! After 30 minutes you’ll reach the very secluded beach. If you do want to go down, make sure you’ll do it in the morning. At noon, there’s hardly any shade on the path there and the Bali sun gets very hot! The climb is not recommended because there are a lot of other beautiful beaches on the island which are easier to reach! And the best view is visible from the view point!

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Kelingking Beach

Angel’s Billabong & Broken Beach

Angel Billabong is a natural swimming pool. If you want to swim there, make sure to follow the warnings of the locals as the waves gets massive and can cause fatal accidents!  

Broken beach is right next to Angel’s Billabong, making it ideal for you to visit both places at the same time! It is famous as the viewpoint for an arched tunnel in the cliffs.

Broken Beach

Crystal bay 

If you love snorkeling, we highly suggest going to Crystal Bay! It’s a popular snorkel spot on many boat tours. With the healthy coral just meters away from the beach, you can easly go there from the beach. 

Crystal bay is one of the few beautiful beaches on the west side of Nusa Penida, making it the perfect place to end your day and watch the beautiful sunset! 

Crystal beach

Enjoy the underwater sea life

Nusa Penida is a dream for divers! With the beautiful coral reefs, Manta Rays and Mola Mola (also known as the oceanic sunfish), it’s one of the best spots in the world to dive!

All year long you can enjoy diving with the Manta rays. However, to catch a glimpse of Mola Mola, it’s better to schedule your diving trip between August to October, during the Mola Mola season! 

If you’re not a diver, don’t worry! While snorkeling you’ll also be able to get to see the beautiful underwater life, such as the Manta Rays! So, when you’re going to the island, make sure to also add snorkeling or diving to your list!

Snorkeling/diving map of Nusa Penida

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Article author

Born in Valencia (Spain), his professional career has always revolved around the tourism sector. He studied tourism degree and later specialized in digital tourism marketing.

After working in various travel agencies. In 2018, he was a beneficiary of an Indonesian government scholarship to study at one of the most prestigious universities in the country. After specializing in the destination and having traveled and lived in various areas of Indonesia, he joined our team in early 2020.

Fernando is passionate about surfing and extreme sports. He’s the first to sign up for a trip, always looking for new adventures!

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